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Fastest Females arrive for Gift

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1 Fastest Females arrive for Gift on Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:01 pm

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Fastest females arrive for Gift
BY MARK SAWA
25 Nov, 2011 09:52 AM


THE fastest female runners in Australia have hit Queanbeyan in preparation for the top women’s foot race in the nation.

Back from competing in the World Championships in Europe, 100m specialist Melissa Breen and 400m hurdler Lauren Boden are set to launch out of the blocks for tomorrow’s Queanbeyan Gift.

Australian 100m champion in 2010 and runner-up this year, Breen will carry the burden of back marker for the race.

At 0.75m she will need to run down all competitors to win.

‘‘I’ll be there wanting to make that final and hopefully my endurance will kick in and I can run over the top of all those girls in the final,’’ Breen said.

It will be her first race since competing in Europe between June and September.

‘‘It will be great to just come out and race and run fast,’’ Breen said. ‘‘The training has been very tough and hard so I’m looking forward to getting out of the blocks and trying to win some money.’’

One competitor Breen will need to overcome to take the $10,000 first prize is fellow World Championship athlete Lauren Boden.

With one eye on the London Olympics, she is treating the event as preparation for next year and a chance to pick up some cash.

But handicappers have been tough on Boden. She’ll need to hurdle a 1.75m starting mark to win the Gift or get a share of the $16,000 prize pool on offer. ‘‘I’ve had some pretty good wins,’’ Boden said. ‘‘I won the Queanbeyan Gift in 2008 and finished second at Stawall this year. Once you win a gift it’s hard to get back to that winning handicap again.

‘‘As a 400-metre hurdler I’ll be testing out my speed over the 120. Ultimately it’s preparation for the selection trials in March for the Olympics.’’

Weather conditions could be a factor for the back markers who generally benefit from wetter, slower tracks or head winds to gain ground on less fancied opponents. Nevertheless Boden wants to see good weather to attract crowds and encourage runners to perform at their best.

‘‘In all the years I’ve run at Queanbeyan we’ve had every condition you can imagine,’’ Boden said.

‘‘I hope that it’s not raining because we want to get as many fans and little kids and the whole community out here.’’

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